MACON, Georgia (MERCER ATHLETICS) - The Mercer men's soccer team will get a chance to break up its offseason workouts this spring with five exhibition matches, head coach Brad Ruzzo announced Monday afternoon.
The spring season begins on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. with a road match at in-state rival Georgia Southern. Mercer used a goal by senior Richie Edmondson in the 78th minute to take a 1-0 road win over the Eagles last season on September 10.
The team will then travel to Columbia to face Conference USA member South Carolina on March 2 at 1 p.m. The Gamecocks finished 2012 with an overall record of 5-11-2, the program's first season with double-digit losses since 1983.
After almost an entire month off, Mercer resumes play with the first of three-straight home matches at Bear Field against Peach Belt Conference member Clayton State on March 27 at 7 p.m.
The Bears conclude their spring slate with a pair of home games against Division II members Anderson on March 31 at 1 p.m. and Young Harris on April 6 at 3:30 p.m.
2012 A-Sun Conference Coach of the Year Brad Ruzzo welcomes back seven starters from last year's squad that went 11-7-2 overall and lost in the A-Sun Championship title game for the second time in the last four seasons.
The complete 2013 Mercer men's soccer schedule follows:
Date Opponent Location Time
Sunday, Feb. 24 Georgia Southern Statesboro, Ga. 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 South Carolina Columbia, S.C 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 Clayton State Macon, Ga. 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 Anderson Macon, Ga. 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 Young Harris Macon, Ga. 3:30 p.m.